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February 23, 2012

High court accepts case over use of race in college admissions

 

Washington (CNN) — The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to tackle another election-year blockbuster and will decide whether the University of Texas’ race-conscious admission policies violate the rights of white applicants.

If health care reform, illegal immigration crackdowns, voting rights and TV indecency were not enough, the court is poised to add to its high-profile docket, wading into the divisive issue of state-mandated racial diversity and affirmative action. Oral arguments would be held this fall, ensuring the court — however it decides the appeal — will be a major campaign issue. A ruling, however, will not likely be issued until early 2013.

Abigail Noel Fisher individually sued the flagship state university after her college application was rejected in 2008 when she was a high school senior in Sugar Land, Texas. The school defends its policy of considering race as one of many factors — such as test scores, community service, leadership and work experience — designed to create a diverse campus.

The high court has had an evolving record on the discretion of state officials to decide who attends their institutions.

The justices in 2003 said state universities can narrowly tailor their admissions policies to consider an applicant’s race.

That landmark case from the University of Michigan is the subject of current but separate appeals over a state ballot measure designed to eliminate any racial criteria. A divided federal appeals court in July concluded the voter-approved ban on “preferential treatment” at public colleges and universities was unconstitutional, and “alters Michigan’s political structure by impermissibly burdening racial minorities.”

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